[Smt-talk] Criteria for Old and New

Nicolas Meeùs nicolas.meeus at scarlet.be
Mon Mar 11 16:20:01 PDT 2013


I consider myself a historian of theory. I am perfectly aware of the 
principles that you defend, all the more so that my own musical 
education has been to a large extent in a Germanic (Riemannian) context. 
The only point on which we diverge is that you want to "prove that fake 
theory is fake", while I am interested in all theories, which all have 
something to learn us. I don't remember having ever said a word against 
the tradition behind you; I know it, I know its value, I knew it before 
you were born. You refuse to hear my arguments about another theory, 
that I certainly know much better than you. Let's leave it at that.

Don't resent any animosity in this, it's merely that we are not really 
discussing (nor exchanging photos of restaurants or pets ;-)). The list 
of my publications, in case you are interested, is available on 



Nicolas Meeùs
University Paris-Sorbonne

Le 11/03/2013 18:44, Ildar Khannanov a écrit :
> My dear friend Nicolas,
> (may I call you this way--after all, we have been exchanging the 
> letters for several years now),
> in the course of our exchange I have grown even stronger in my 
> understanding of music and in my position in music theory. Accusation 
> in that I do not hear you can be sent back to you, but there is no 
> reason to engage in personal remarks. The internet blog is not the 
> place to truly state theoretical ideas (it is normally a place to 
> exchange photos from the restaurants and pictures of pets). Of course, 
> it would be interesting if we exchanged the views through 
> publications. I, from my side, can offer my modest attempt in an 
> article "Hierarchy in Music Theory before Schenker" (Res musica, 4, 
> Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, 2010). I invite you to 
> criticise in in your publication anywhere. I can then respond, in writing.
> On the other hand, I am working on so many interesting projects that 
> expending my time on fighting with the windmills, proving that fake 
> theory is fake, would be a luxury I cannot afford. Perhaps, I will 
> find time to publish something on harmony, voice leading, Rameau, etc. 
> At this point, I can assure you that behind me there is a tradition 
> which is in no way less powerful that that of Schenker. I do not 
> express my opinions. Rather, my statements are well-formulated 
> principles, which were in the tradition for many decades, if not 
> centuries.
> Best wishes,
> Ildar Khannanov
> Peabody Institute
> solfeggio7 at yahoo.com <mailto:solfeggio7 at yahoo.com>

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